Like balloon animals, hot air balloons are brightly colored and serve as an excellent means of transportation for eccentric millionaires. Enjoy an extravagant view with today's Groupon: for $100, you get a Del Mar champagne hot air balloon flight from Skysurfer Balloon Company in Del Mar (a $205 value).
With more than 30 years of experience filling their airborne sails, Skysurfer Balloon Company's FAA-certified commercial balloon pilots safely captain colorful inflatables between warming rays of sunshine and the hush of rolling cloud banks. Named KGTV's "San Diego A-List" Best Hot Air Balloon Ride 2011, the professional aeronauts at Skysurfer Balloon Company greet guests before a trip to the launch site, where balloons fill with warm air and soar gleefully against the sky's wide cerulean canvas like a kite on parole. Groups of 8–16 passengers roam the roomy basket during 45- to 60-minute flights as eyes rove over spectacular panoramic views of dramatic coastal cliffs and ocean waves cast into dramatic relief by the setting sun's dimming rays. Champagne and nonalcoholic refreshments sate guests' thirst as light winds direct the effortlessly gliding balloon through open skies and tousle the manes of pet lions.
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Even at 2,500 feet in the air, you may have never have felt as still as you do inside one of Skysurfer's balloons. It's quiet—"There's no noise from engines," one passenger remarked—and balloons follow the wind's lead instead of resisting it, making the colorful aircraft's motion hardly noticeable. And because there are no windows between you and the sky, as team member Kaleena Brundage says, "You can reach out and feel the clouds that you're next to."
Skysurfer's team of FAA-certified pilots, many of whom have been with the company since its inception more than 35 years ago, boast a perfect safety record. They embark on two flights daily, one around sunrise over Temecula wine country, and one at sunset in Del Mar. Each flight can accommodate 8-16 people in the balloons' roomy wicker baskets, which are large enough for each passenger to comfortably stand at the basket's side and look out over the Pacific Ocean and surrounding countryside. Pilots pour chilled champagne to celebrate the excursion, each of which lasts from 45 to 60 minutes depending on conditions and the balloon's curfew.